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Standard Envoy.

Standards are quite well represented in the old photo section, with models from the 1920s through to the 1950s all to be found. This though is the first snapshot I've seen of the six-cylinder Standard Envoy. It was sent over by Peter Scott, a regular on the site forum. The chap on the right is his late father-in-law, the photo dates to around 1935 or 1936, so the car was still reasonably young at the time of the photograph. The registration is partially obscured, it begins with RA which points to an early life spent on the roads around Derbyshire. This series ran from July 1926 to November 1929, which ties in well with this model's launch - the Envoy was introduced late in 1929, for the 1930 season.
Features such as the six-light saloon coachwork (ie three windows per side), and the spare wheel mounted on the offside running board, differentiate this particular car from the smaller models that usually turn up in old-photo discoveries. The Envoy barely receives a mention in Graham Robson's book The Book of the Standard Motor Company, the lesser-spotted Envoy appears to be regarded as something of a stop-gap model, and survivors must be very thin on the ground. Thanks for sending it over Peter.
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1929 Standard Envoy car
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